Submitted by Dave McHale firstname.lastname@example.org
I am always on the lookout for new putters and approach discs, and when my local Innova dealer had Champion Aeros in stock I thought I would pick one up and try it out. I should preface this review by saying that I have never thrown a DX Aero, so I won't be able to compare the 2 plastics.
First of all, obviously this is champion plastic so you know the disc is going to hold up to a lot of abuse. Upon first holding the C.Aero in my hand, it felt almost like a Champion Aviar except with a midrange disc's edge - while the Avair and Aero may both be coined "Putt & Approach", I think the Aero will be a much better approach disc than a putter. The Aero has a lot of glide in it, and missed putts could easily become longer comebacks than you would otherwise want to be throwing.
The other aspect of this disc is that it will hold whatever line you give it, and I do mean any line. Put a little more snap in your throw or throw it with the absolute slightest amount of anhyzer on it, and the C.Aero is never coming back for you. No flex to flatten out, nothing. This is at the same time both the largest selling point and the biggest problem I have with the disc.
On putts, you will never find a more unforgiving disc for the slightest variation in your throw. Of course if you are a perfect putter the laser accuracy of the Aero may be your thing but speaking for myself, I prefer my disc to try and correct for a botched snap with a little bit of wobble. On approach shots, especially when I'm dealing with tight curving fairways in the woods, I am hard-pressed to find a disc that will do exactly what I tell it to do like the Champion Aero will. Especially for tight anhyzer shots, this disc rocks my world. The thick midrange-style edge of the disc prevents the Champion Aero from rolling too far when it hits the ground too, which is nice.
Personally I don't think the Champion Aero is a disc that will become any sort of "all-purpose" approach disc for my game, but its usefulness has certainly earned it a spot in my bag.
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